Category: Time


YOLO: The Wisdom and the Folly


"YOLO" -- You may have heard a young person say this just before they do something stupid, or as an explanation as to why they did something stupid. It means "You Only Live Once." It suggests we ought to live for the present, as opposed to think too much about...

Hear Oh People, The Lord is Chronos


I began this series of posts suggesting that having a "Biblical" or "Christian" worldview meant much more than opposing abortion and gay marriage, or being generous with ones time and money (read more here).   I argued that these things make up a very small part of what we call our...

Sacred Memories


I have this sacred memory.  It was the summer of 2010.  The previous 4 years had been difficult.  But now I was in Rennes, France on my honeymoon.  While my wife was napping.  I went for a walk in the old town.  I sat down at an outdoor table on the cobbled...

Time and Despair


We modern folks have a very modern view of time.   Having emptied time of transcendence, we think of it as mere chronology or sequence. Still, this sequence can be viewed optimistically; in our culture we tend to find meaning in time in terms of human progress. But there is a...

“Just a Symbol”?


Is today (January 28, 2016) closer to A) January 27, 2016 or B) January 28, 1986? The obvious answer is A), because we almost always think of time as sequential, but for the friends and family of the five astronauts and two payload specialists that died in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster on this...

Christians are Anti-Progress


Christians are often resistant to progress, sometimes when they shouldn't be.  I am resistant to the label because I don't think, in many respects, Christianity calls us to be inherently anti-progress.  But in one sense, I am OK with this label. The Good was traditionally understood to fall into the transcendent category. ...

The Myth Progress


The above quote is attributed to Rear Admiral Grace Hopper. I don't think it's true. For one thing, I don't think it is necessarily the most dangerous phrase -- others are more dangerous. For instance, "because we've always done it this way, let's try something else" would be more dangerous when applied to...

An Inventory of Moments


Moment 1: I was about 6 years old when we moved from Montana to Michigan.  I was brought to my new school and left in the charge of Mrs. Smith, my new grade 1 teacher.  I sat alone in the classroom waiting for something to happen.  I imagine I was scared, but...

Time is Like a Lava Lamp


I don't know why we think that every minute is like every other minute; we certainly don't experience time in this way. Shakespeare knew it.  I was teaching Romeo and Juliet in my grade 9 class and noted several comments on the flexibility of time.  Among them: Sad hours seem long. --...

Ordinary Time


Our culture has one way of thinking about time, so we could call it ordinary time.  We could also call it secular time, mechanical time, material time or dead time.  Elsewhere, I've called it "zombie time" and for good reason. Whatever you call it, it has the following characteristics: It...